Alex Sanchez: La Liga’s first one-handed player

Real Zaragoza reserve-team starlet makes history…



Real Zaragoza’s 3-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday was relatively uneventful, largely because Jermaine Pennant was injured and therefore unable to stink up the pitch with his special brand of ‘football’. However, history was made on the 85th minute, when Zaragoza coach Marcelino brought on 20-year-old Alex Sanchez – La Liga’s (and, as far as we know, all of European football’s) first one-handed footballer.

Born without a right mitt, Alex was was handed a first team debut after bagging 12 goals in 10 games for Zaragoza’s reserve squad. There was no fairy tale ending to his first senior appearance though – in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch, he flubbed a rubbish attempt to win a penalty and was booked for diving.

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